Early Work 1963-1973
David Zwirner is pleased to present a selection of early work by Los Angeles artist Robert Graham (1938-2008), on view at 519 West 19th Street. The exhibition will bring together rarely seen works that span the years 1963-1973, providing an overview and reconsideration of the artist's initial engagement with Minimalism and figurative sculpture.
In the early 1960s, while he was still attending the San Francisco Art Institute, Graham made miniature objects during idle moments as a Woolworth's counter-salesman. Although the prevailing attitude of his abstract expressionist instructors favored large-scale objects, Graham's early work included small-scale Plexiglas-encased environments populated by wax figurines engaged in leisurely and pleasurable activities. Over the course of his career, Graham went on to develop an exceptionally focused artistic practice characterized by a consistent preoccupation with scale and the human figure.
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